The topographic distribution of the first sites of diabetic retinal neovascularization.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

PURPOSE: To examine the topographic distribution of the origin of diabetic retinal neovascularization. METHODS: The eyes of 3,121 patients with background diabetic retinopathy were investigated. These patients were volunteers in systemic medical therapy experiments. Color stereo photographs were obtained annually. The first retinal neovascularization sites were identified and the distances from the optic nerve measured. RESULTS: In 1 year, neovascularization originated in 282 eyes. The superotemporal quadrant, at 6 mm from the optic disk, was the most frequent initial site. CONCLUSIONS: The first retinal neovascularization sites cluster around specific anatomic foci. This information should influence retinopathy monitoring protocols.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Feman, SS; Leonard-Martin, TC; Semchyshyn, TM

Published Date

  • May 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 125 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 704 - 706

PubMed ID

  • 9625558

Pubmed Central ID

  • 9625558

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9394

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0002-9394(98)00013-0


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States